I took opera lessons. I can't read music to save my life, but I would just copy and get away with it. I think that they thought I could read music, but I can't. I would just listen.
Growing up, I never listened to English music. I was more into Motown, as well as early rock n' roll like Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
I like real instruments, and try to stay from anything that sounds too synthetic.
I started taking music lessons and singing when I was about ten.
Most of all I want to make pop music that has something real behind it.